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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 10:34
Thanks fluke that was a great explanation.
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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 12:36
+1 C

Profound societal instability doesn't guarantee that always there will be great works of art.

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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 18:25
If P only then Q is possible => If Not P then Not Q which is (C), answer

A) is if P then Q as a rule which isnt so.
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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 18:32
I thought it was A at first too, but the first statement was ONLY in times of instability. A assumes that in ALL times of instability, where as C states that in times of peace, good literature cannot take place. which agrees with that first statement.

ONLY vs ALL would have changed this question entirely, hope this helps

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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 02:13
"C" for me .. tough one
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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2011, 09:12
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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2011, 03:52
nice explanation through number system!! :-D

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It is an historical fact that only in conditions of profound societal instability are great works of literature produced. During the first century B.C., Rome experienced almost constant civil war accompanied by social upheaval. It wasn't until the ascension of Nerva to the throne in 96 A.D. that the situation stabilized. Throughout the second century A.D., Rome experienced a century of uninterrupted peace and stability.

If all of the statements in the passage are true, then which of the following must also be true?

a. During the first century B.C., great works of literature were produced in Rome.
b. Roman art of the first century B.C. was superior to Roman art of the second century A.D.
c. During the second century A.D., no great works of literature were produced in Rome.
d. Historically, great works of literature can stir emotions that find their expression in political action.
e. The first century A.D. was a time of decreased literary production in Rome.


"Only in great instability are great works of literature produced."

If there is a great work of Lit, it must have been produced during extreme instability.

Reverse may not be true;
If there is great instability, then great works must be created.

If Rome experienced profound instability during all odd centuries, 1st century, 3rd century, 5th, 7th, 9th...
And it was prosperous and stable during even centuries: 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th...

There are two 2 great epics/works. These two epics must have been produced during odd centuries. Maybe 5th and 7th. But, there is no guarantee that whenever there was instability, great artwork was created, OR we'd have had at least 10 works till date.

Also when it is said that the great artwork is created ONLY during bad periods, it is equivalent to saying great artwork is NEVER created during good periods. And we know 2nd century was a period of stability for Rome.

Ans: "C"
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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 06:07
O overlooked the word 'only', so got trapped in A.

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Re: CR 700 level Rome [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 21:05
fluke wrote:
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It is an historical fact that only in conditions of profound societal instability are great works of literature produced. During the first century B.C., Rome experienced almost constant civil war accompanied by social upheaval. It wasn't until the ascension of Nerva to the throne in 96 A.D. that the situation stabilized. Throughout the second century A.D., Rome experienced a century of uninterrupted peace and stability.

If all of the statements in the passage are true, then which of the following must also be true?

a. During the first century B.C., great works of literature were produced in Rome.
b. Roman art of the first century B.C. was superior to Roman art of the second century A.D.
c. During the second century A.D., no great works of literature were produced in Rome.
d. Historically, great works of literature can stir emotions that find their expression in political action.
e. The first century A.D. was a time of decreased literary production in Rome.


"Only in great instability are great works of literature produced."

If there is a great work of Lit, it must have been produced during extreme instability.

Reverse may not be true;
If there is great instability, then great works must be created.

If Rome experienced profound instability during all odd centuries, 1st century, 3rd century, 5th, 7th, 9th...
And it was prosperous and stable during even centuries: 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th...

There are two 2 great epics/works. These two epics must have been produced during odd centuries. Maybe 5th and 7th. But, there is no guarantee that whenever there was instability, great artwork was created, OR we'd have had at least 10 works till date.

Also when it is said that the great artwork is created ONLY during bad periods, it is equivalent to saying great artwork is NEVER created during good periods. And we know 2nd century was a period of stability for Rome.

Ans: "C"


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Re: It is an historical fact that only in conditions of profound [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2012, 10:40
Yeah was confused between A and C , picked A but it is wrong , C is right.

basically works of great art are produced during period of instability ,implying if a great work of art is produced the period must have been unstable one ,not that in all periods of instability you will get great work of art. Suppose all great artists decide not to produce any work during unstable times one will not have any work, but if they do produce it, the period in all probabilities is unstable.

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Re: It is an historical fact that only in conditions of profound [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 04:13
Can we say like this?
They have mentioned about 96 A.D in question and in answer option A and B they are asking about first century of BC. Which is not related to each other..
So answer should be C..
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Re: It is an historical fact that only in conditions of profound [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 06:20
is this not a must be true question?
if you look at it like a must be true question, then answer looks like it is A
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